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AUDIO NEWS: Wages on site fall by 0.7% in Q4 and travelling to work could cost tradespeople £5000 a year

Posted: Monday, February 26th, 2024

Construction site wages dropped by 0.7% in the last quarter of 2023, claims Building Cost Information Service. 

The skilled trades experienced a 2.8% drop in wages in Q4, while unskilled and semi-skilled site labour saw a slight increase.

Despite the small quarterly drop, wages were up by 3.1% when compared to last year, but still way below inflation.

BCIS solutions architect Paul Burrows who compiled the stats said: “While unskilled rates are being pushed upwards by increases to the National Living Wage, declining workload is pushing rates down for higher skilled roles.” 


Time spent travelling to and from work could be costing tradespeople over £5,000 a year – that’s according to data from Zego. 

A poll by the van insurance firm found that tradespeople on average spend 66 minutes travelling a day.

When travel times were compared to average salaries, the report showed that carpenters lost over £6,200 a year commuting to work.

Plumbers and electricians came in second and third on the list, with both trades losing approximately £5,800 a year.


And finally, a Nottinghamshire roofer who fell 35ft is learning to walk again.

58-year-old Simon Bell suffered brain injury, internal bleeding, a fractured should and broken ribs when he fell from a two-storey building in May.

Bell has been on an intense programme of physical and mental rehabilitation returned home in September.


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